Forestry Legislative Report From the Louisiana Forestry Association

The 2020 Legislative Session began on March 9th. It was suspended a week later as the COVID-19 pandemic locked down the Capitol and legislators and citizens were urged to stay home. With the State still facing stay at home orders and many businesses closed, the Legislature reconvened May 4th to address state budget issues and COVID-19 related issues. This first Regular Session must end by June 1 with an approved budget to keep government running after June 30th.

Representative Jack McFarland had his HB 442 heard in House Transportation on Tuesday, May 5th at 9am. The proposed legislation will clarify that log trucks can weigh no more than 92,000 pounds with a special $100 harvest season permit. This clarifies what had begun last year but the DOTD had problems with the original wording. If HB 442 passes it will benefit loggers.

Members of the House Transportation Committee include: Chair Vincent Peirre, members Gabe Firment, Rodney Schamerhorn, Dodie Horton and Chuck Owen. Other members of the Committee include Barbara Freiberg, Travis Johnson, Ed Larvadain, Pat Moore, Bob Owen, Larry Selders, Polly Thomas and Mark Wright.

The Bill can be found here.

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